Cleansing & Charging Your Candles

Cleansing & Charging Your Candles


Before you burn a candle for a ritual or spell, you should charge the candle. Charging a candle means preparing your candle to make it more powerful. The ways you can achieve this is through cleansing, dressing, and carving your candle.


By cleansing a candle, you are removing all negative or psychic energies that the candle might have picked up along the way. It’s like resetting the candle to its original state.

There are four ways to cleanse a candle: •Hold the candle over incense or sage smoke. •Leave it outside overnight in the moonlight. •Bury the candle in sea salt and leave overnight or one full day. •Rub alcohol on it, starting at the bottom, working your way to the top. If you are working with a candle in glass, then rub alcohol on the exposed areas and glass.

No matter what cleansing method you choose, it is very important to always focus on your goal while cleansing. Pray and ask for blessings and cleansing of the candle.


Dressing is a process in which you anoint a candle with oils. When you dress a candle, you are imprinting your intentions onto it. This makes your spells more powerful and effective.

Despite the various conflicting methods on how to dress a candle, you can’t do it wrong if you set your intentions right!

Some like to rub oil in the middle of the candle and then proceed to rub downward, from the middle of the candle to the bottom. Some rub from the middle to the top.

If you are doing a spell that is bringing you something, rub oil from the top of the candle, downward to the bottom. If you are doing a spell that is getting rid of something, rub oil from the bottom upward to the top. Always stroke the candle in the same direction.

Whichever direction you choose to anoint your candle, make sure you focus on your goal and visualize it while you are dressing your candle. For example, if your goal is to draw in more money, visualize yourself gaining prosperity as you rub the candle.

You may also use herbs, cut or in powder form, in your oils.

Certain oils and herb combination help produce different outcomes. Cinnamon Oil, Clove Oil and Attraction Oil are best for love spells, All Spice Oil and Better Business Oil are good for money spells, and Rosemary Oil and Dragon’s Blood Oil are best for breaking a hex or crossed condition. There are many more oils and herbs that correspond to your spell and desires.


This is a large, long-lasting candle which is formed by pouring either colored wax into a clear glass container or clear wax into a colored glass container. When anointing the candle only the top of the candle is anointed. This is probably the safest candle to leave burning unattended provided the maker of the candle took care to ensure that the wick runs in the center of the candle. Although leaving any candle or open flame burning with no one around is considered dangerous and foolish.

Pour a capful of oil into a small dish.

Hold the candle jar upside-down in your non-dominant hand. If you are right-handed, hold the candle in your left hand. If you are left-handed, hold it in your right hand.

Dip the fingers of your dominant hand into the anointing oil. Use a very small amount to avoid having the candle jar slip out of your hand. You will only need to coat the jar light film of oil.

Start halfway down the outside of the candle jar. Apply the oil around the candle jar in an upward, counter-clockwise direction, working the oil toward the bottom of the jar.

Turn the candle jar upright.

Dab your fingers into the oil again if more is needed. Start again from the halfway point of the candle jar. The candle jar is now facing right side up. Apply the oil in an upward, clockwise direction, toward the wick end, which is now facing up.

Touch the wick gently with your oiled fingertip. Call on your deities. Announce what the candle jar is being dedicated to do. If it is being used to cast, then name the spell. If it is for illumination, dedication as such.